Massage For Stress Reduction

Massage For Stress Reduction

September is here and with it comes a new month, a new season and a new school year! Before your mind wanders to your impending to-do list and you suddenly find yourself flooded with the routine stress that comes with this time of year, let’s take a step back and focus on a little you time. Because fall can be a particularly stressful time, we like to dedicate September to talking about how Massage Therapy can help with stress reduction! It’s important to remember that each of us can either allow stress to negatively impact our health or we can focus on ways to successfully cope with the inevitable stressors in our lives. Tightness & Tension Headaches Some common complaints our RMTs address are stiffness and soreness in the upper back and neck, along with tension headaches. These symptoms are usually connected, and highlight a typical response to stress taken on by the body. Have you ever noticed how your neck and shoulder muscles hunch and your face tenses and contracts when stressed? These muscle strains in our upper bodies often lead to the physical symptoms associated with stress. Trigger Points & Massage Massage Therapy can be beneficial for managing stress because it helps to relieve tight muscles that cause discomfort and promotes overall relaxation. Trigger points that send referral pain to another area of the body can occur within any muscle due to tension and stress. For example, trigger points under the back of your skull and around your jawline can sometimes cause referral headaches. Feel for yourself – place gentle pressure on your cheekbones, just under your...